Writings and Sayings

 

On this page, you will find selected writings and sayings, which are the expressions of profound realizations of awakened or Self-realized ones. These words might dissolve illusions and self-identifications in you, impart profound insights into your own true nature, etc.

These and all such types of words are always only meant for this moment. Nisargadatta Maharaj expresses this truth in this way, «You experience the effect of the words and then let them go,» and, «Words are pointers. They show the direction, but they will not come along with us.»

For example, you may randomly scroll down, stop at any saying that catches your eyes, pause, and let it impact you. You may also jump to any subject via these links:

Call to Realization

Know (realize) Yourself!

The Oracle of Delphi

The «supreme» calling of every human being is to «aspire» to Self-realization. All other obligations are secondary.

It is the Self that calls Itself, and none other than the Self that realizes Itself.

Anandamayi Ma

Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you could render the world.

The state we call Realization is simply being your Self — not knowing anything or becoming anything.
If you have realized, you are that which alone is and which alone has always been. One cannot describe that state, but only be That.
Of course, we talk loosely of «Self-realization» for want of a better term.

It is false to speak of «Realization.» What is there to realize? The Real is as It is always. We are not creating anything new or achieving something which we did not have before.
The illustration given in books is this — we dig a well and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth, which was filling the space there. The space was there then and is also there now. Similarly, we have simply to throw out all the age-long samskaras (conditioning) which are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will shine alone.

There is no greater mystery than this — that we keep seeking the Real though, in fact, we are the Real! We think that there is something hiding the Real and that this must be destroyed before the Real is gained. How ridiculous!
A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That day when you will laugh is also here and now!

I am not the perishable body, but the eternal Self.

You and I are the same. What I have done is surely possible for all. You are the Self now and can never be anything else. Throw your worries to the wind. Turn within and find peace.

Ramana Maharshi

One who looks outside, dreams.
One who looks within, awakens.

Carl Gustav Jung

All it takes is already present in man’s consciousness. Man does not need to look up to the sky but in oneself!

There are only two mistakes one can make along «the road» to Truth (Reality) — not going all the way, and not starting.

Paraphrasing the Buddha

You shall realize the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.

Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled, and when he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the all.

Jesus Christ

What we are looking for is what is looking.

St. Francis of Assisi

Truth is a pathless land.

Jiddhu Krishnamurthy

Everybody is going fast nowhere.

Osho

I have been knocking on God’s door for eons,
And when it finally opened,
I realized that
I have been knocking from the inside!

At the center of your being,
you have the answer —
you know who you are
and you know what you want.

The way of love
is not a subtle argument.
The door there is devastation.
Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall —
and falling,
they are given wings.

Let yourself be silently drawn
by the mysterious pull
of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.

Rumi

Reality is …

Reality is an illusion, albeit (although) a very persistent one.

(Man) experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest («the world» and «the others») — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

Albert Einstein

One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened «reality» is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.

Salvador Dali

The world is unreal. Brahman alone is real. The world is Brahman.

Shankara (Sanskrit Brahman = the Real, the Absolute, THIS)

Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.

A Course in Miracles

The world is not illusory insofar it is an expression of the Absolute. What is indeed illusory is your mistaken identity as an independent entity.

«Manifestation» (the world of appearance) is like a movie.
Consciousness has written the script,
consciousness has produced the movie,
consciousness has directed the movie,
consciousness has played all the roles,
and consciousness is witnessing the movie
through billions of body-mind organisms.
You think you are seeing the movie.
Could you see the movie
if consciousness was not there?
All there is is consciousness.

Ramesh Balsekar

The whole movie is already in the box.

Alexander Trampitsch

Parabrahman is without qualities and beyond consciousness.

The Real is beyond the subjective and the objective, beyond all levels, beyond every distinction. Most definitely, it is not their origin, source, or root. These come from ignorance of the Real, not from the Real itself, which is indescribable — beyond being and non-being.

Nisargadatta Maharaj (Sanskrit Parabrahman = the all-transcending Absolute, the Real, THIS)

That which can be perceived is not the timeless Tao.
That which can be named is not the nameless One.
The Source of heaven and earth is without form or substance.
Naming creates the ten thousand (innumerable) things.
When desire (craving) is absent, the mystery is obvious.
When desire occurs, creation unfolds.
Mystery and creation arise from the same Source.
The Source is emptiness.
Void within void —
the realm of Tao.

Refrain from regarding the Tao as
extraordinary, sublime, or transcendental.
As the Tao, it is beyond all that.
It is simply the direct, everything underlying,
and perfect Truth (Reality).

Paraphrasing Lao Tzu (Chin. Tao, i.e., Dao = the «Great Way;» the Real, the Absolute, THIS)

Things are not what they appear to be. Nor are they otherwise.

Paraphrasing the Buddha

The «boundless potential» of this «unmanifested, primordial Power» apparently expresses itself spontaneously, explosively, and simultaneously as all kinds of life forms and experiences.

There is only THIS appearing as «everything.» And THIS is beyond words, beyond description, is simply WHAT IS.

Reality is the Unknowable, the Unthinkable, the Unutterable. IT IS what IS and IS NOT.

Elias

Reality is beyond speech and thought. Only that which can be expressed in words is being said. But what cannot be put into language is indeed THAT which IS.

Anandamayi Ma

Unlearning is True «Learning»

Truth is very simple — don’t complicate it.

Whatever you understand is a concept only.

Papaji

Don’t try to understand! It is enough if you don’t misunderstand.

To live in the known is bondage. To live in the Unknown is liberation.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Believe nothing — no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it — unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Paraphrasing the Buddha

The attachment to beliefs is the greatest shackle.
To be free is to know that you do not know.

Wu Hsin

Whenever you think that you know something, you live in poverty.

I’m living in such a way that I don’t need to know anything anymore, no more.

When you fall in love with the Unknown, you’re free.

Byron Katie

Here it is — right now.
Start thinking about it and you miss it.

Along with thoughts, all things appear.
Along with thoughts, all things disappear.

Not knowing is the most intimate.

Huang Po

What the Bleep Do We Know!?

Movie title

You never know.

Ignorance (not knowing) is bliss (in this context).

Proverbs

I know that I know nothing.

Socrates

He who knows does not speak.
He who speaks does not know.

To know that you do not know is clarity.
To think that you know is a sickness.
Being sick of sickness,
you attain clarity.

Paraphrasing Lao Tzu

There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.

Eventually, all that one has learned will have to be forgotten.

Ramana Maharshi

There is a great space in which this moment takes place. There is a great silence that is listening to the thoughts.

If you want to know something, go elsewhere. If you want to un-know everything, then sit and listen.

Start with, «I don’t know.» Why not just start where you’ll end up anyway?

Adyashanti

«Die Before You Die»

Realization is not the acquisition of anything new, nor is it a new faculty. It is only the removal of all camouflage.

Ramana Maharshi

Enlightenment is the ego’s ultimate disappointment.

Disappointment results from the removal of illusion.

Chögyam Trungpa

Disillusion is the greatest gift I can give you. … The word disillusion is literally «freeing from illusion.»

Dan Millman

Make no mistake about it. Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense (imagination, illusion). It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.

Adyashanti

Enlightenment is disappointment — as long as there is anything left to be disappointed.

With the falling away of pretense in every possible area of life, the core of your being appears and shines forth ever more clearly with all its infinite facets, aspects, and possibilities. As painful as this disappointment may be, it’s your great fortune.

Gunnar Gressl

Who is thinking in terms of transformation, changing from one state to another, in terms of self-improvement? Surely, it is nothing other than an appearance in consciousness, a character in a movie, an individual in a dream — a dreamed pseudo entity considering itself subject to the workings of karma. How could such a dreamed character «perfect» itself into anything other than its dreamed self? How could a shadow «perfect» itself into its substance? How could there be any awakening from the dream, except for the dreamer to resolve the true identity of the Source of the dream, the «manifestation»?

Give up the search and let the impersonal consciousness take over, and it will let you in on the mystery of its own Source, the pure I, the essential subjectivity, the nameless, formless, limitless, timeless, spaceless, imperceptible One — without a second.

When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect (hope for) nothing, then the «Supreme State» will come to you uninvited and unexpected.

The Absolute can be «attained» by absolute devotion only. Don’t be half-hearted.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

If you wish to shine like day,
burn up the night of self-existence.
Dissolve into the Being (Existence)
that is everything.

Rumi

Surrender to the substratum of appearances unreservedly. Then the Real will be left over as the residue.

It is enough that one surrenders oneself. Surrender is giving oneself up to the original Cause of one’s being.
… The Source is within yourself — give yourself up to it. This means that you should seek the Source and merge in it.

Surrender is to merge into the Source of the I.

By constantly keeping your attention on the Source, the I is dissolved in the Source like a salt-doll in the sea.

Ramana Maharshi

Everything that comes from birth undoes itself in liberation.

Jen Smith

Die before you die and be completely dead. Then do whatever you want, it’s all good.

­Wu Men

Hope is for fools. Dreams are for idiots. Drop your hopes. Kill your dreams. Live in the abyss (mystery) of not knowing («only don’t know»). That will bring a swift end to all that you know, to everything you hold dear.
As the Absolute rides through your town, it announces, «I bring a sword. I am not here to help you sleep. I am here to help you die. Behold, you are already dead. This is nirvana.»

Ramaji in «1000» (Sanskrit nirvana = to cease blowing; Nothingness, Reality, THIS)

And it goes deeper and deeper … you may always find something that refuses to die.

Gunnar Gressl

Kill everything that you’re able to kill, and be THIS that always remains, that isn’t able to kill Itself. That’s neti, neti, neti, neti, neti. That’s actually always Kāli chop, chop, chop, chop, chop until you drop!

Karl Renz (Sanskrit neti neti = not this, not this; Sanskrit Kāli = a form of the Divine Mother as the destroyer of ignorance or the «ego» and the bestower of awakening and «liberation»)

10,000 times you can die — until you are able to love yourself absolutely nuts!

Alexander Trampitsch

Self-love, the Heart, and Happiness

All love of this world is built on self-love.

Meister Eckhart

All love can only begin with love for oneself.

Embracing yourself as you are is the first step and the last step.
Whoever you are, you are unique.
The universe has made you like that, God has made you like that.

Sri Bhagavan

The biggest embrace of love you’ll ever make is to embrace yourself completely.
Then you’ll realize you have just embraced the whole universe, and everything and everybody in it.

Adyashanti

Your ability to love another person depends on your ability to love yourself.

The moment you understand the importance of loving yourself, you will stop hurting others.

We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we are not doing anything, we are wasting our time. But that is not true. Our time is first of all for us to be. To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to be joyful, to be loving. And that is what the world needs most.

Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

Thich Nath Hanh

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

Chinese proverb

A heart at peace gives life to the body.

Proverbs 14:30

It may take a little self-discipline — be simple, be kind, stay rested. Attend to your own inner health and happiness.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Usually, they say, «Treat others as you would like them to treat you.»
But to begin with, it would be better to say, «Treat yourself as you would like to be treated by others.»

In reality, you don’t need love from others. To love and accept yourself completely is all that you need.
Life loves you unconditionally anyway.

Self-love is not that much of a feeling, but above all means being loving with yourself (how you are dealing with yourself).

1. Love and embrace yourself as you are — with everything that is there.
2. Love and embrace «others» as they are.

Elias

If you want the moon,
do not hide from the night.
If you want a rose,
do not run from the thorns.
If you want love,
do not hide from yourself.

This «being human» is a guesthouse.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness —
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice —
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Those pains you feel are messengers.
Listen to them.

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

Rumi

Life has a way of finding the wound.
This is not to be hurtful, nor unkind,
but so that we may heal.
What could be more loving than this!

Prudence Prajna

There is no such thing as a «negative» emotion.
Every emotion contains a great light. An emotion is only «negative» as long as it gets stuck, and it is immediately positive — if you use it as a stepping stone for transformation.
Follow the full lesson of your most difficult emotions, and you will always see that they are essentially a source of liberation, growth, and happiness.

Shai Tubali

Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump of your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.

Jamie Anderson

Love is the only thing that remains when everything else goes. If only because it was never absent. Conditional love is present or absent, but true love is. In the total disenchantment is love, and that love knows nothing at all. The word «love» is alien to it, as are all other words. It is beyond imagination. It is timeless, and in timelessness, it knows neither itself nor others.
All that love actually wants — to put it this way — is to be revealed. This is only possible by forgetting her unconditional nature. By forgetting it is looking for itself, and looking for itself, it creates one object after another and always encounters itself only without knowing it.
How great is the joy when the veil of illusion lifts and love falls back to itself. This is the case every time neither the person nor the form is seen, but their foundation. This Self-realization is so delicate, so fulfilling — you never want to leave this place. Once you have sniffed it, there is no stopping for love — until what is not real is completely annihilated. Only when everything that is not love is destroyed true love emerges, and it shines brighter than any star.
Love in its absolute unconditional nature is so appealing that all objects in it burn like moths in a flame. You become this love, whether you like it or not. With skin and hair, she burns you until nothing is left of you. Just this love is real. Anything else are the games and ideas of a mind that only believes to know itself and nothing else.
When all masks have fallen, nothing but love is seen.

ReiMo

To free your heart from all burdens, would that not be wonderful? In any case, it sounds wonderful, and yet it is nothing but another miserable attempt to heal something that is already intact.
It is not the heart that has built up the walls that have impeded the heart. The heart has nothing to do with it.
The belief that there is something that needs release creates an invisible wall. And with every other belief, we also believe that we need to barricade even more.
… Every heartbreak undoes something. So I gladly let my heart break, for it is not my heart that breaks, but the walls and burdens.

Sandra Sarah Devi

The broken heart is a widespread myth. The heart cannot break. What can break is the «ego,» and when the «ego» actually collapses, something miraculous happens — the heart receives much more love than before.
To conclude — you may suffer a lot, but not a broken heart. The very term implies an impossibility.

Anssi Antila

Remember, your heart is not your heart. It’s simply a door to something far beyond «you.»

God Dieux

Call it by any name — «God,» «Self,» «the Heart,» or «the seat of consciousness» — it’s all the same. The point to be grasped is this, that «Heart» means the very core of one’s being — the center, without which there is nothing whatsoever.

The whole universe is within the body, the whole body is within the Heart. Thus the Heart is the core of the whole universe. And again — the world is nothing but the mind, the mind is nothing but the Heart. Therefore the Heart encompasses everything.

Ramana Maharshi

What you are is (by far) beyond what appears, so that you can’t make its becoming self-evident dependent on a so-called «heart-opening» or on any other physical or psychic phenomenon.

Werner Ablass

Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is «attainable» now, by facing what is — rather than making up stories about it. Unhappiness covers up your natural state of well­being and inner peace, the source of true happiness.

Eckhart Tolle

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

Chuang Tzu

Happiness is permanent. It is always there. What comes and goes is unhappiness.

Papaji

True happiness is uncaused — and this cannot disappear for lack of stimulation. It is not the opposite of sorrow, it includes all sorrow and suffering.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

We have tried everything to get rid of suffering. We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering. We have bought everything to get rid of it. We have ingested everything to get rid of it. Finally, when one has tried enough, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.

The willingness to suffer fully, even for an instant, without trying to escape or be safe, means that suffering is no longer an obstacle to the full surrender into the mystery of existence.

Gangaji

Tip: More on this subject is available in the blog posts here, here, here, here, and here, among others.

The Natural «State»

The ultimate Truth (Reality) is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine (natural) state. This is all that needs to be said.

Although it (the «I» or the ego) sets out for this great adventure (of Self-realization), it does so only to get lost on the journey.

Ramana Maharshi

When you realize Who You Are, all your attempts to get something better so that you can be something better are seen in all their absurdity.
A great, deep release follows. This is the exquisite release of finally surrendering to the Truth of Yourself, the Truth of Your Being.

Gangaji

Tat Tvam Asi — You are THIS.

Om So Ham — I am THIS.

Om Tat Sat — THIS IS IT.

The Upanishads

I am what I’ve been looking for.

Elias

I Am That I Am.

Exodus

I am the Light that stands above all things. I am the all — the all has come out of me and has come to me. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up a stone and you will find me there.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

I and the Father are one.

Jesus Christ

There is oneness and no more.

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion or cultural system.
I am not from the East
or the West,
not out of the ocean
or up from the ground.
I am not natural or ethereal,
not composed of elements at all.
I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world
or in the next.
I did not descend from Adam and Eve
or any origin story.
My place is placeless,
a trace of the traceless.
Neither body nor soul.
I belong to the Beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one
and that one call to and to know:
First, last, outer, inner —
what is left is only that
breath-breathing human being.

My scarf, my coat and my turban:
A penny was offered to me for them.
My name, praised all over the world:
No one, no one, no one —
for a penny it is yours.

Rumi

Self-realization or enlightenment is nothing more than the deepest possible understanding that there is no individual doer of any action, neither you nor anyone else! Also, you are not the thinker of any thought, nor the experiencer of any experience. It all happens!

Ramesh Balsekar

Everything just happens automatically, and this is the last thing that the mind wants to hear. The whole thing is all spontaneous.

Just stay quiet and empty. Let life play.

Mooji

For me, enlightenment is the dropping of imagination. The future is unknown. The natural state is not knowing. In that, everything appears as it is: perfect.

Gunnar Gressl

How wonderful! How wonderful! All things are perfect just the way they are!

Gate Gate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha! — Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone beyond going, awakened! What a blessing!

By attaining unexcelled perfect enlightenment I haven’t attained a single thing.

There is just pain, but no owner of it.
There are just actions, but no doer thereof.
There is salvation, but no one to be redeemed.
There is the path, but no one walking to be found.

Paraphrasing the Buddha

Since everything is just an appearance, having nothing to do with good or bad, with acceptance or rejection, one might as well burst out laughing!

Longchenpa

When you throw out all the concepts, including your primary concept (I am), then whatever is, is. Stay put in quietude (silence).

Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally without any interference on your part.

All will happen by itself. You need not do anything. Only don’t prevent it.

There is no doer. There is no creator of the manifest world and the universe. There is no enjoyer. Everything is happening spontaneously.

The final answer is this: Nothing is. All is a momentary appearance in the field of the universal consciousness. Continuity as name and form is a mental formation (imagination) only, easy to dispel (to be seen through).

Whatever you may hear, see, or think of, I am not that.

My state is that which never felt the creation and dissolution of the universe. I have not yet expounded on this part. I remain untouched through the creation and dissolution of the universe.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen — try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen — do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.

Remain still, with the conviction that the Self shines as everything yet nothing — within, without, and everywhere.

Abide as the Self at all times.

Be still.

Ramana Maharshi

Forget what can be forgotten and know yourself to be that which can never be forgotten!

You are already THAT — not the physical, emotional, or mental. Put those forms aside, and find out what remains and what it needs.

Nothing ever happened.

… So stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging, the Truth (Reality).

Keep quiet.

Papaji

When you are in deep sleep, you are in your Real Nature. When you are in deep sorrow, you are in your Real Nature. When you are in extreme dispassion, or when you are terror-stricken, you are in your Real Nature. When you are in a heated logical argument, you are in your Real Nature. When you come to the end of all activity (what is called «death»), you are in your Real Nature. In all these experiences you stand divested of even the idea of a body or mind, and when you transcend the mind, you are always in your Real Nature.

Atmananda

«Father, there is little to tell.» She spread her graceful hands in a deprecatory gesture. «My consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body. Before I came on this earth, father, I was the same. As a little girl, I was the same. I grew into womanhood, but still, I was the same. When the family in which I had been born made arrangements to have this body married, I was the same … And, father, in front of you now, I am the same. Ever afterward, though the dance of creation changes around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same.»

Anandamayi Ma

I don’t know who I am anymore. I don’t know what I am anymore. I wanted to be a lot, all my life. Sometimes this, sometimes that. Now I am nothing anymore, and in this Nothingness, I find that I am everything.

Regina Bergelt

Nothing is. Everything is. Cheers! Enjoy life.

… And then there is nothing to do.

Madhukar

To see that I am nothing is wisdom. To see that I am everything is love. Between the two, my life moves.

The Real is simple, open, clear and kind, beautiful and joyous. It is completely free of contradictions. It is ever new, ever fresh, endlessly creative. Being and non-being, life and death, all distinctions merge in it.

… Life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.

You can know IT in action only. Express IT in daily life and ITs light will grow ever brighter.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Live 200% in life — 100% inner fulfillment of the silent, «absolute level of life» and 100% abundance of achievement and happiness in «the outer field or playground of relative life.»

Paraphrasing Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Before seeking enlightenment, mountains were mountains and rivers were rivers.
While seeking enlightenment, mountains were no longer mountains and rivers no longer rivers.
Now that enlightenment is realized, mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers again.

When you get there,
there isn’t any «there» there.

There is really nothing you should be
and there is nothing you should do.
There is really nothing you should have
and there is nothing you should know.
There is really nothing you should become —
but it helps to understand that fire burns,
and when it rains, the earth gets wet.

Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.

When you are hungry, eat.
When you are tired, sleep.

… Coping with life in peace.

Paraphrasing the Zen masters

… To return to a normal, free life.

Margarita Rothhaar

When life asked for a thousand years, «Why do you live?» If it answered at all, it would simply say, «I live to live!» That is because life is living for its own sake, welling out of its own. That is why it lives without reason — it lives only itself! And if you ask a true human being who works for his own reason, «Why do you work your works?» If he answered correctly, he would merely say, «I work to work.»

Meister Eckhart

My daily activities are not unusual,
I am just naturally in harmony with them.
Grasping nothing, discarding nothing.
Supernatural power and marvelous activity —
drawing water and carrying firewood.

When the mind is at peace,
the world, too, is at peace.
Nothing real, nothing absent.
Not holding on to the world,
not getting stuck in the void,
you are neither holy nor wise —
just an ordinary guy
who has completed his work.

Layman Pang

Greatness is always
built on this foundation —
the ability
to appear, speak and act
as the most common man.

Hafiz

To come in harmony with Suchness,
see everything as «Not-Two.»
In «Not-Two,» nothing is separate,
nothing is left out.
In all places and times,
enlightenment means becoming
this single Truth.

Words! The Tao is beyond words.
Yesterday never happened.
Tomorrow never will.
Today does not exist.

Seng Tsan in «Hsin Hsin Ming» (or «Sinjinmei» or «Faith Mind Sutra;» Chin. Tao, i.e., Dao = the «Great Way»; the Real, the Absolute, THIS)

Many words are quickly exhausted. Hold fast to the Core.

Paraphrasing Lao Tzu

… Thereafter, «the pure speech about the Self» which has taken place before appears almost blasphemous … and is sheer ignorance and unknowingness.

Alexander Trampitsch

Ultimate Truth is wordless, the silence within the silence.

Pirke Avot

… What then remains is soooo without words.

Gunnar Gressl

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? I’d like to have a word with him.

Chuang Tzu

Death and Dying

Birth is not a beginning.
Death is not an end.
There is an existence without limitation.
There is a continuity without a starting point.

Chuang Tzu

Beings were unmanifest in the beginning.
They become manifest between birth and death.
On death, they again become unmanifest.

Bhagavad Gita

From nothing comes everything
and returns to nothing.

Alex

Nobody dies — death means finished. For example, a drop of water when it evaporates has become infinite.
There is no death for anything. Everything finishes to become infinite.

There is no personality, so there is no question of birth, life, or death. What remains is just consciousness without name or form.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

(Nisargadatta) Maharaj rejects the idea of re-birth or re-incarnation out of hand, and the basis for such rejection is so simple that it humbles us — «The entity which is supposed to be re-born does not exist,» except as a mere concept! How can a concept be re-born?
Maharaj, in all innocence, asks the protagonist of re-birth, «Please, I want to know, who is it that would be re-born?» The body «dies,» and, after death, is demolished — buried or cremated — as quickly as possible. The body, in other words, has been irreparably, irretrievably, irrevocably destroyed. That body, therefore, which was an objective thing, cannot be re-born. How then can anything non-objective like the life-force (the breath), which, on the death of the body, merged with the air outside, or the consciousness which merged with the Impersonal Consciousness, be re-born either?
Perhaps, says Maharaj, you will say that the entity concerned will be re-born. But that would be utterly ridiculous. You do know that the «entity» is nothing but a concept, a hallucination which arises when consciousness mistakenly identifies itself with a particular form.
How did the idea of re-birth arise at all? It was perhaps conceived as some sort of an acceptable working theory to satisfy the simpler people who were not intelligent enough to think beyond the parameters of the manifested world.

Ramesh Balsekar in «Pointers From Nisargadatta Maharaj»

Death means to drop your mortal garment and to remain as the unknowable mystery — THIS.

Life is a dream, and death is waking up.

All things appear from Nothingness, play and dance for a while, and then disappear back into Nothingness. «You» are no exception.

Elias

At death, there is only liberation. It’s just more chic to see liberation while you are alive.

Max Furlaud

Here. You are there already. You are in nirvana. You are like a fish claiming it is thirsty. You are right in the middle of it. Here. Here.

Janwillem van de Wetering (Sanskrit nirvana = to cease blowing; Nothingness, Reality, THIS)

Blessed is he who stands in the beginning! He shall know the end and shall not taste death.

Jesus Christ

Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand (or innumerable) things rise and fall
as the Tao watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to Source.
Returning to Source is Silence, which is the way of nature.

Paraphrasing Lao Tzu (Chin. Tao, i.e., Dao = the «Great Way»; the Real, the Absolute, THIS)

Your nature is to keep quiet. You came from Silence, and you have to return to Silence.
You are dancing for just a little while, you see? for just a little while you are dancing.

Papaji

We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love … and then we return home.

Aboriginal proverb

Life is a mystery to be lived, not a riddle to be solved or understood. That’s all there is to it.
All things emerge from That Silence and return to That Silence. You, too, would eventually merge into That Silence from which you emerged in the first instance.

If you are awakened, the same mountains, the same stars you saw earlier would look very different. You could enjoy the «world» and simply pass away from this «world.» This is the game of life.

The awakened one embraces death, for there is no death for the awakened one.

The awakened one is ready to die.

Sri Bhagavan

Death is an illusion.

Most people are not afraid of death, they are afraid of life.

Ananda Devi

Fear does not prevent death, it prevents life (to live fully).

Naguib Mahfouz

I learned that every mortal will taste death,
but only some will taste life.

Death is just a mirror.
Your own true nature
is reflected in it.
Look what the mirror reveals —
it takes just one glimpse to die!

Rumi

Death is a favor to us,
but our scales have lost their balance.
The impermanence of the body
should give us great clarity,
deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes
of this mysterious existence we share
and are surely just journeying through.
If I were in the tavern tonight
Hafiz would call for drinks
and as the master poured,
I would be reminded
that all I know of life and myself is that
we are just a midair flight of golden wine
between His pitcher and His cup.
If I were in the tavern tonight,
I would buy freely for everyone in this world
Because our marriage with the cruel beauty
of «time and space» cannot endure very long.
Death is a favor to us,
but our minds have lost their balance.
The miraculous existence and impermanence of «form»
always makes the «illumined ones» laugh and sing.

Hafiz

«Message From A Dying Friend» by Jeff Foster.

I don’t want your answers, your good advice. I don’t want your theories about «why» or «how.» I don’t need your pity. Your attempts to make me feel better only make me feel worse. I am human, just like you, and crave realness.
Just be present with me. Listen. Give me space. Hold my trembling hand, sometimes. Your attention is so precious to me. Your being speaks volumes.
If you feel uncomfortable, don’t be ashamed. If you don’t know what to say to me, that’s okay. I feel that way, too, sometimes. If you feel disgusted, angry, uncertain, fearful, that’s okay. I love you for it. You are human, too.
Put your textbook learning to one side now. Don’t try to have «unconditional positive regard.» It feels so false to me. Forget «empathy» — I want you to come closer than that.
See, I am you, in disguise. These are your broken bones, your shallow breaths, your twisted limbs. I am your mirror. You are seeing yourself.
Don’t try to be strong for me. I am not a victim. Fall apart, if you must. Weep, if you need to weep. Mourn those shattered dreams, those lost futures. Let the past slip away too. Meet me here, now, in the fire of presence, with the fullness of your being.
I speak in an ancient language now.
I want you to be a witness.

So now you can let go, my darling… Let go… Let go of this poor old body. You don’t need it anymore. Let it fall away from you. Leave it lying there like a pile of worn-out clothes… Go on, my darling, go on into the Light, into the peace, into the living peace of the Clear Light.

Aldous Huxley in «Island»

Life — still, soft and crystal clear,
dies laughing as it finds its Source.
Death — smiling, sheds a happy tear,
discovering that it’s life, of course.

Liz Jones

Dying is easy,
believe me, it is like
happy dreaming.
The space becomes vast —
in boundlessly overflowing bliss
you return yourself
to the Primordial Ocean . . .

Ephides

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